Duck around the corner from the busy Darling Harbour to a quiet boat-bound oasis with spiffy wooden deck frontage, a quaint white lighthouse (built in 1874), the bobbing masts of a replica tall ship and a relaxing waterside panoramic city view. Who knew?
The menu contains the sort of food this marvellous environment demands – Beer Battered Fish and Chips ($19.50).
The crunchy Hoki fillets are shown off well in a batter made from Blue Tongue lager, and served up generously with good hand-cut chips and a great house-made tartare.
Local residents can also duck round for a spot of breakfast, Eggs Your Way with Crispy Bacon on Caramelised Onion Toast ($13.50) and a D’Oro Latte ($3.50) will help get the day under way.
Alternatively you could unwind with a well priced, approachable Marlborough Park Riesling ($5.50/glass, $23.50/bottle) and a plate of Seared Scallops with crisp Prosciutto ($21.50) set off by a celeriac and fennel salad.
Children are treated as valued guests in this venue; $12.50 buys them a choice of meals with juice or a soft drink, consumed while they babble excitedly about the surroundings. (Heck, I babbled excitedly about them too). I’m told the baked goods, products of a local baker, are also a highlight.
Yots Café and Bar
2 Murray Street, Pyrmont
Ph: (02) 9211 5144